MalacaÃ±ang Palace © LordAntagonist
The Malacañan Palace is the seat of government and official residence of the Philippines head of state. Situated on the north bank of the Pasig River, the villa has been a noble residence since the 1800s, when it was built for a Spanish aristocrat. Before that, it was a humble place for fisherman. The Spanish Government bought the property as a summer house for its Governor General in 1825, though it later became the head of state's permanent seat. Today, visitors will find a museum in the palace. The institution features national treasures, historical artefacts, and mementos from each of the Philippines' presidents, including the notorious Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, who ruled as authoritarian dictators. The building itself is very attractive and the rooms are furnished beautifully. Visitors can enjoy great views over the river from some of the windows. Guided tours are compulsory and very informative. Photography is permitted, though visitors are obliged to register their cameras at the entrance. Also, the number of cameras per group is sometimes limited. Visitors may have to go through security checks.
Address: Malacañan Palace, JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Telephone: +63 2 784 4286
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, 8am until 6pm.